Goth Fashion is known for raven black mourning clothes, dark eyeliner and the occasional goth velvet cloak. Its also a musical sub-culture.
I came of age in the 80’s, so as far as I remember there have been goth people. To my surprise, the origin of goth fashion and music dates back to the late 70’s.
Sources agree that Goth fashion was inspired by the 80’s English punk band, Siouxsie and the Banchees. Hundreds of young English women started imitating Siouxsie’s dark look after they saw her at a gig in Leeds in 1980. Siouxsie’s gothic look included spiky dyed-black hair, black clothes, cat-eye makeup, and bold deep red lipstick. It should be noted that Siouxsie was also hugely influential in inspiring punk fashion — she was well known in the London Club scene for combining glam, fetish and bondage into her own style! She was an edgy fashion trend setter.
in the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s and 2010’s focuses on black clothing and include the following kinds of details:
heavy black eyeliner for men and women
pale, powdered skin like a pale corpse
crimped or spiky hair
Victorian and Gothic inspired-items like beaded chokers and cocktail rings
fishnet stockings and corsets
Stiletto heels or pointed boots or thigh high boots
Silver jewelry like crosses and other religious or occult themes
black leather coats
touches of scarlet or purple
goth velvet cloak, vest or jacket.
Goth Style Icons
Theda Bara, a 1910’s femme fatal known for her death-defying dark eyeshadow.
Gothic Rock and Bands
Rock & Punk & Glam Precursors:
Jim Morrison & The Doors
The Velvet Underground
Out of the embers of punk emerged a dark and romantic sound.
Siouxie and The Banchees, of course
Music historians say that goth music is a reaction or counter point to the 60’s flower children, and failure of the peace movement to achieve lasting change. It is the case that the cultural and political backdrop of late 70’s goth music in the US was the Vietnam war. The Doors and The Velvet Underground brought us gloomy, dark, and mourning music. In Britain, punk was a more violent, harsh counterpoint to the 60’s peace and love music and movement. From the post-hippy, post-punk music emerged goth music. I’m not a music historian, but God, I think it’d be fun.